Writers’ Guild ‘Manga & Anime Writing Event’ Feb. 15

Staff Report

Rockford Writers’ Guild will host a “Manga & Anime Writing Event” from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, at Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Jennifer Rea, Ph. D., will lecture about Japanese manga and anime and later lead the audience in a manga-inspired writing contest.

“Japanese manga and anime can be seen both as an ancient medium that combines words and images, two of the original building blocks for human interaction, and as a modern form that continue to widen and change,” Rea said.

“Manga brings together words with art in a creative visual expression of textural ideas,” she continued. “In manga, the images are as important as the words to the construction of meaning. Anime translates these genres into film and television adaptations based on the manga. Together, manga and anime are an important part of modern Japanese culture, and increasingly becoming, along with the graphic novel, a significant popular cultural form in the United States.”

Jesse Kuntz will lead the Junior Guild in a similar exercise. Kuntz said: “Young writers will work together to create a large mural of manga-inspired writing and art. They will share their work with the Guild at the end of the meeting.”

The meeting will also feature a manga-inspired cash writing contest, a potluck, and the release of “Lovely,” the latest edition of The Rockford Review.

Burpee Museum is at 737 N. Main St. Contact Connie Kuntz at (779) 772-0716 with questions.

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